Kate Bedingfield was Biden’s director of campaign communications and plays the same role in her administration. Symone Sanders, senior adviser on Biden’s presidential campaign, will be Kamala Harris, senior adviser and secretary general.
“Hungary faces unprecedented challenges – from the coronavirus epidemic to the economic crisis, to the climate crisis, and long-overdue calculations due to racial injustice,” Harris said in a statement. “To overcome these challenges, we need to communicate clearly, honestly, and transparently with the American people, and this experienced, talented, and obstacle-breaking team will help.”
Here’s a biography of the week’s appointments, as Biden and Harris announced.
Elizabeth E. Alexander, First Lady Communications Director
Elizabeth E. Alexander was a senior consultant for the Biden-Harris campaign. Alexander spent the first years of the Obama-Biden administration as vice president of vice president for Biden, a role that followed the time of Senator Biden’s then director of communications on Capitol Hill. He has worked as a federal prosecutor in U.S. law firms in Washington DC and Alexandria, Virginia, where he has also worked as an advisor to the U.S. East District. Previously, Alexander served as press secretary for the UN Foundation, Terry McAuliffe, press secretary to the chairman of the National Democratic Commission, director of communications for Congressman Adam Schiff, and deputy press secretary to Senator Chuck Schumer. Prior to joining the Biden-Harris campaign, Alexander was a senior managing director at FTI Consulting, where he led the company’s communications offering on gender inclusion and equal opportunities in the workplace. Alexander, a native of Texas, graduated from A&M University in Texas and the Law Center at Georgetown University. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband and two young sons.
Kate Bedingfield, White House communications director
Kate Bedingfield was the Deputy Campaign Manager and Communications Director for the Biden-Harris campaign. He served as Vice President of Communications for Vice President Biden, as well as Deputy Director of Communications, Deputy Director of Media Affairs, and Responsible Director of the Obama-Biden White House. Prior to the Obama-Biden government, Bedingfield’s director of communications was U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen in his successful Senate campaign in 2008, John Edwards, vice president, deputy national press secretary, and regional press secretary for the Democratic Congress Campaign Committee in 2006 when Democrats regained the House. Bedingfield also served as senior spokesman and vice president of corporate communications for the American Motion Picture Association, as well as vice president of communications for Monumental Sports & Entertainment. Bedingfield of Georgian descent graduated from the University of Virginia. She lives in Washington with her husband, son and daughter.
Ashley Etienne, Vice President of Communications
Ashley Etienne was a senior consultant for the Biden-Harris campaign. Prior to that, Etienne served as Director of Communications and Advisor to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the first woman and colorful man to fill this position. Etienne was a special assistant to the president of the Obama-Biden administration and director of communications for the cabinet, and also led communications with the signature of President Obama on the initiative of Brother Keeper. Prior to Obama-Biden’s rule, Pelosi was then Deputy Chief Communications Officer and Spokesman for Home Democracy, Communications Director for Home Democrats in the Supervisory and Government Reform Commission, and Spokesman for the National and Community Service. Virginia spokesman for the 2008 Obama-Biden campaign. Etienne provided strategic advice to clients at the Dewey Square Group and to the president of his own consulting firm, Etienne & Associates. Etienne, a native of Texas, graduated from Sam Houston State University and Johns Hopkins University.
Karine Jean Pierre, Deputy Secretary General for the Press
Karine Jean-Pierre was the Chief Adviser to President-elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris was Chief of Staff to the Biden-Harris campaign. Prior to his role in the campaign, he was MoveOn.org’s CEO for Public Affairs and a political analyst at NBC and MSNBC. During the reign of Jean-Pierre Obama-Biden, he was Regional Policy Director of the White House Political Agency and Vice President of the Battlefield States in President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. President Obama was Southeast Regional Policy Director for the 2008 campaign, Martin O’Malley, Vice President, Deputy Campaign Manager, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Initiative Campaign Manager, Deputy Chief of Staff, and Director of Legislative and Budget Affairs as two members of New York City Council. He previously worked at the Center for Community and Corporate Ethics, forcing large companies to change their business practices. Born in Martinique and raised in New York, Jean-Pierre graduated from Columbia University. “
Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary
Jen Psaki is currently overseeing the Biden-Harris Transition Reinforcement Group. Under Obama-Biden’s rule, Psaki held several leadership roles, including White House communications director, John Kerry, then-foreign secretary, Deputy White House communications director, and White House deputy press secretary during the financial crisis. He is a veteran of three presidential campaigns, serving as a travel secretary during the Obama-Biden campaign in 2008, as a travel secretary and senior adviser in 2012, and as deputy press secretary for John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign. Psaki was the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2006 when Democrats regained the House of Representatives and Joe Crowley also served as communications director for former Congressman. Prior to joining the Biden-Harris transition team, Psaki was vice president of communications and strategy at the Carnegie International Peace Foundation and a staff member at CNN. Psaki graduated from William and Mary College and lives in Virginia with her husband and two children.
Symone Sanders, Senior Adviser and Senior Spokesperson for the Vice President
Symone Sanders was a senior consultant for the Biden-Harris campaign. In 2016, Sanders became the youngest presidential press secretary while U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders was working on the then presidential campaign. Prior to joining the Biden-Harris campaign, Sanders was a political commentator at CNN and a director of 360 Group LLC, where he provided strategic communications guidance to organizations, businesses, individuals, campaigns and candidates. Sanders is a former chairman of the Coalition of Emerging Leaders in Juvenile Justice and a former member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice, where he has worked to raise awareness of youth voices and work on millennial perspectives in the fight to reform juvenile justice. . Sanders of Nebraska graduated from Creighton University. He currently lives in Washington DC with his partner.
Pili Tobar, White House Deputy Director of Communications
Pili Tobar was the communications director for the Biden-Harris campaign coalitions. Prior to joining the campaign, Tobar was Deputy Director of America’s Voice, where he spoke on behalf of immigrants. In addition, Charles E. Schumer, Senate Minority Leader, was Director of Spanish Media, National Director of Spanish Media and Western Regional Press Secretary of the Democratic National Committee, Director of Communications for Congressman Ruben Gallego and Director of Communications for the Latino Victory Project. Hailing from Florida, he grew up in Guatemala, and Tobar graduated from the University of Miami. He lives in Washington DC with his wife and daughter.
Correction: Symone Sanders will be the senior spokesperson for elected Vice President Harris.